Nov 4, 2016

Halloween Hangover: Six things to do with leftover candy

Trick-or-Treat is over and if your kid is like my kid, you now have a massive pile of candy in your house. And if your kid is also like my kid, they will lose interest in said pile in a day or two. After the Halloween sugar hangover, you might be wondering what to do with all the extra candy in your home. Pro Tip: Don’t eat it!


Some local dentists will take it and there are ways to drop it off to be shipped to the troops, but if you can’t find the time to do that, here are six things to do with leftover candy in your house.

1. Switch Witch
This is a good one. You trade your children their unwanted candy (or wanted candy!) for a set prize. Some families do this the night of Trick-or-Treat, and the Switch Witch leaves a present in the morning.  This is a great idea and makes it more fun. Plus, Lego sets, art supplies, a gift certificate to a fun place where your child can burn off energy or a new book are super fun and useful too.

2. Take it to work
Bundle up the candy and mom or dad can take it to work to share in the break room. It’ll likely be gone in a few hours and you’ll look like the hero for sharing your loot. Win win!

3. Freeze it
If you have candy you think could be baked into cookies or enjoyed this winter as a special snow day treat, pop it in the fridge. You’ll be the cool parent when you pull out some treats in the dead of winter to share, or bake some awesome candy cookies.

4. Use it for science experiments
So this is a super fun idea for a chilly weekend morning. Grab your leftover candy and do some learning! Here are some amazing tips from Science 2.0

5. Recycle it!
Do you have a friend with an upcoming birthday? Ask if they’d like the candy to use in goody bags or in a piƱata. You could also call local nursing homes to see if they would like a donation of candy.

6.  Use it in a craft        
Give your kid a box, some candy and some glue and ask them to make a fantastic candy decorated house. Let the creativity fly!

Did we cover your favorite way to use up leftover Halloween candy? If not, share it with us in the comments!

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